Open Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays: 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Next free vintage bus rides are: Bank Holiday Monday 29 August between our Museum & Witney.

Oxford Festival of Vintage Transport

Sunday 2 October - details here>

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1881 Oxford Horse Tram Launched

It's taken five years of painstaking restoration to bring this magnificent 1881 Horse Tram back to its original glory - and here it is, complete with 'Oberon' the horse.

From 1880 through to 1914 these horse trams provided Oxford city with its first regular public transport network.

Now you can see what the cities first public transport vehicles looked like and appreciate what tram travel was like - in an age before the petrol engine existed.

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Our museum is managed and staffed completely by volunteers. Most are enthusiasts who have a passion for vintage buses or historic cars. They give up their spare time for your education and enjoyment.

Our facilities on site include:-

  • two large exhibition halls full of fascinating displays & vehicles;
  • two bus running sheds packed with our operational preserved fleet;
  • a restoration workshop with unique viewing gallery;
  • a cafe, serving hot & cold drinks, light snacks and ice-creams;
  • a shop, packed with models, books, post cards, posters, gift items;
  • toilets (with disabled access);
  • car parking (for 15 cars, including a disabled space).

Do something different. Join us!

Become a member of the Oxford Bus Museum and you can help preserve Oxfordshire's rich transport heritage and also contribute to presenting our collection to the public. Membership is just £20 a year (adult).

As a member you get:

  • unlimited free access to the museum,
  • our monthly e-newsletter ,
  • our quarterly 'BUS LANE' magazine,
  • free trips to other bus and vintage vehcile rallies,
  • the opportunity to take part in running the museum,
  • the chance to help us to restore and maintain our vehicles for everyone to enjoy.
    • For further details visit the Join Us page.

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Riding upstairs in our 1949 AEC Regent III double deck bus.

We're just 3 miles from Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.

The running of the Museum (Reg no: 1667) is the responsibility of a company limited by guarantee: The Oxford Bus Museum Trust Limited.
Registered no: 4228899. It has charitable status as a registered charity, no:1088389.

Events updated: 22/08/2016 .

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